Basic information


An annual workshop organized by the WELS Minnesota District

to gather church volunteers and church leaders

for encouragement and growth.



Saturday, March 13

9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.


St Croix Lutheran Academy

1200 Oakdale Avenue

West St. Paul, MN 55118


$30 per participant

(Lunch included)

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9:00-9:30 - Arrival and check-in

9:30-10:30 - Large group opening

10:45-12:00 - Workshop part 1

12:00-1:00 - Lunch on site

1:15-2:30 - Workshop part 2

2:35-3:00 - Large group closing

3:00-4:00 - Specialty huddles (tentative, optional)

*Specific details of this workshop subject to change depending on COVID restrictions.


Breakout workshops are designed to be an interactive experience where you will have a chance to ask questions, share what you know, and apply content to your specific context. They last a total of 2.5 hours and are broken up into a morning session and afternoon session. When you register, you will choose one of these four breakout workshops to attend.

  • When Roles Change

    Meeting the needs of aging parents

    Roles change as parents age, and it can be difficult to take on the role of caretaker for someone who used to take care of you. This workshop will help you embrace this role as a calling from God, and it will provide you with a framework to be a blessing for your aging parents.

    Mark Hayes, President of Ministry at The Lutheran Home Association in Belle Plaine, Minnesota

  • Shifting Evanglism Strategies

    From Corporate to personal outreach

    For decades, churches invested in corporate outreach because it worked. But now in this post-Christian culture, a massive shift is required. This workshop will provide an overview of the cultural changes that require this shift in strategy, and participants will navigate Biblical truths that encourage and equip them to be personal witnesses.

    Eric Roecker, pastor, Director of WELS Commission on Evangelism

  • Christian Worship 2021

    What will my congregation really need?

    With its broad spectrum of digital and printable resources, Christian Worship 2021 will be game a changer for many congregations. What exactly does it offer, how do the resources work together, and what should your church be doing right now to prepare for this investment? This workshop will give you the information you need to help your church make the most of this valuable new resource.

    Joel Gawrisch, pastor at New Life in Shoreview, Minnesota; member of district worship committee

    Mike Marquardt, teacher at St. Croix Lutheran Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota; member of district worship committee



    The acronym “JOY” is a reminder of what your personal priorities should be: Jesus, Others, then Yourself. While focusing on yourself too much can be selfish or idolatrous, neglecting yourself is not what God wants either. Self-care with the right motivation glorifies God and better equips you to serve others. This workshop will help you explore the biblical principles and practical implications behind JOYfull self-care.

    Matt Hennig, pastor at Christ in North St Paul & Hugo, Minnesota

    Matt Ewart, pastor at NorthCross in Lakeville, Minnesota

Get signed up

Click the link below to get signed up for the event. A credit or debit card payment is required to register. All payments are refundable up until the day of the event.

Part of a group? Whoever is coordinating can use the link below to get everyone registered and submit a single payment.


Contact Person

The contact person for this event is Pastor Matt Ewart. You can reach him at:

(952) 469-5227 ext. 3